About This Wine
Racehorse Helps Teetotaller Launch His Own Winery
In 1881, a young Joseph Osborn joined Australia's Thomas Hardy and Sons Wine Company. Although Osborn didn't drink, he quickly proved a natural at managing the wine business and was eventually promoted to partner and director of the company.
But Joseph Osborn did have one vice: horse racing. He built a stable and began raising race horses. One, a sassy "come from behind" specialist named Footbolt, began posting modest wins in area races. Soon, this spirited racer had won Osborn enough prize money to allow him to purchase vineyard land of his own.
And so the d'Arenberg family winery was born. The winery was eventually renamed after the wife of Osborn's son (who unfortunately died giving birth to the couple's third child). But even almost 100 years later, the d'Arenberg family continues to pay tribute to the race horse that began it all ... with their Footbolt Shiraz.
Very dark, rich, powerful wines with great aging potential (as long as 50 years), yet still can be drunk relatively young. Distinct pepper, spice, cherry and leather flavors, with smooth, supple texture. Embodied in majestic wines from France, Australia and, increasingly, California.
- Grape Composition:100% Shiraz
- Grape Source:McLaren Vale, Australia
- Aromas & Flavors:Violets, Lavendar, Cedar, Raspberry, Blueberry, Plum, Mocha, Cinnamon
- Aging Vessels:12 months in new and older French and American Oak barrels
- When to Drink: Now through 2023
- Food Pairing SuggestionBeef and pepper stew, barbeque ribs, duck cassoulet, grilled portobello mushrooms, or chili.
A savory style, with pepper and tobacco character overshadowing the dark plum and berry fruit, but it all comes together deftly on the finish. Drink now through 2013. 12,000 cases imported.
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